Gallery walls have taken the home design world by storm! Gallery walls are sometimes hard or frustrating, and there are many pre-made formulas and layouts to create one, and sometimes those layouts don’t work. We’re here to provide some tips and tricks to help you create the perfect gallery wall that will stand out in your home.
Starting Your Gallery Wall
Starting is the hardest part of the process. You can sit and plan it out on paper, but sometimes that may or may not work. A lot of the gallery wall process is trial, and error, but once you start and get your pieces together; everything starts to fall into place.
When you start a gallery wall around a large object like a sofa or a TV you need to start with your largest frame or object first. The key is to start with your large pieces and then fill in the gaps with the smaller pieces. An important thing to remember is to not put large pieces next to large pieces; that will make the wall feel very weighted and heavy. You want everything to be spaced out and balanced evenly. The goal of a gallery wall is to find that perfect flow and balance. Also, if you already have an artificial living wall, you might either want to keep that wall from adding too many frames or you might want the gallery wall to be adjacent to the artificial living wall. This would be because the living green wall can stand out on itself without much added decor.
A good tip to remember is before you put nails in the wall is to measure! You can take all of your frames and measure them with shipping paper, then tape them up with painter’s tape on your wall to give you an idea of how everything will look measured and spaced out. It takes some extra effort but it will give you a rough idea on how the final product will look before you make holes in the wall. You can always take tape down, but removing holes and nails is a little harder when it comes to creating the perfect gallery wall.
Gathering Your Pieces
Do you have an old piece that you’re dying to have the star of your wall, are you going for a theme, or do you have a key piece or pieces that you’re wanting to highlight? You might even have a prized collection of motivational posters that you want to display. Gathering your pieces is a fun part of the process, and may come along a lot faster than assembling the wall itself. Often times everyone has that one piece that they want to be the star of your wall. You need to make sure that you have at least one large piece to be your anchor or centerpiece. Having a proper balance, and variety of shapes and sizes can help bring everything together. Having too many large pieces will make the gallery wall seem heavy. Having some smaller and medium sized pieces will bring the balance and flow that you’re looking for when creating a gallery wall.
Sometimes you may not have all of the pieces that you want to use on your wall; if you don’t, that’s okay! Sometimes when creating your gallery wall you’ll have a few pieces, and then you notice that you need some more to help complete the scene. Once you see those open spaces you can start to find the things that you need to fill them in. Gathering your gallery wall pieces can be a fun and exciting part of the process. The key is to have fun, and choose pieces that work together, and that speak to you.
Using Patterns and Templates
If you’re not one to eyeball things yourself, use a pattern or template! One of the patterns that you can use is called: Contained Space. Measure a set space on your wall, and then frame your gallery in that contained space. Another pattern to use is called: Midline. Using a midline is where you create a horizontal or vertical line and use it as a divider to frame your gallery wall. There’s no set pattern or template that is correct to use when creating a gallery wall, sometimes it all comes down to how it looks to you!
Whether you find a template or pattern that you like, or if you decide to eyeball it; a gallery wall is a great way to bring some life, and style to the walls in your home. Gallery walls have become more, and more popular in home decorating, and help bring life to lifeless walls. For more examples, tips, and tricks for creating the perfect gallery wall please visit our Pinterest Board!